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[Travel News]: Accor steps up alliance with Alibaba; Sequoia China to invest in upscale hotel chain | Daily Brief

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Minor Hotels partners with Funyard Hotels for China expansion; China estimates 40% fall in Lunar New Year passenger trips from 2019.

Sequoia China joins Ctrip-backed PE firm in offer to take New Century Hotel private

>> An affiliated company of Sequoia China and Ocean Link has offered to take Hong Kong-listed New Century Hotel private. The upscale hotel chain just got listed on Hong Kong Stock Exchange less than two years ago. Ocean Link is a private equity firm backed by Trip.com Group, which currently holds a 5.3% stake in New Century Hotel.

Accor becomes global hotel partner for Alibaba Fliggy’s membership upgrade program

>> The strategic partnership between Accor and Alibaba took another step forward with the January 20 announcement that Accor is the global hotel partner for Fliggy’s membership upgrade. The French hotel chain has further elevated its strategic alliance with Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba.

Minor Hotels partners with Funyard Hotels for China expansion

>> Minor Hotels has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Funyard Hotels & Resorts, which will see the expansion of its brands in China. With demand for leisure and resort services shifting from overseas to domestic, optimism about China’s tourism and resort market is at an all-time high.

TravelSky projects a $77 million annual profit for 2020

>> Chinese air transport information service provider TravelSky projected that the company will record a net profit of RMB 500 million (USD 77.4 million) for the year 2020, down from a RMB 2,602 million net profit for 2019. Still, this demonstrates a positive sign of recovery, as the company reported a net loss of RMB 306 million for the first half of the year.

China’s futuristic floating train can be a travel game changer

>> China has developed a futuristic floating train that can hit speeds of 620 km per hour. On January 13, the country unveiled a prototype for a high-speed Maglev train developed by Southwest Jiaotong University’s scientists. The no wheels train will run on the magnetic levitation and has been developed with high-temperature superconducting technology.

China estimates 40% fall in Lunar New Year passenger trips from 2019

>> The number of passenger trips during China’s Lunar New Year holiday this year is expected to be down 40% from the 2019 figure, a transport ministry official said on Wednesday.

Shanghai Disney Resort starts Spring Festival celebrations

>> Shanghai Disney Resort kicked off its Spring Festival celebrations on Tuesday night with a gala fireworks display. Opened in June 2016, Shanghai Disney Resort will also celebrate its fifth anniversary this year, with a slew of activities and offerings lined up for visitors. 

China, Cuba agree on visa-free travel

>> China and Cuba concluded on January 13 an agreement on the exemption of visa, according to the Pyongyang Times. The Cuban Foreign Ministry said the deal displayed the will of the two countries to boost friendship and cooperation in different fields.

China asks migrant workers to have Covid tests for holiday travel

>> China’s National Health Commission asked millions of migrant workers to get a coronavirus test before they return to the countriside for the Lunar New Year holiday. Some would-be travelers are already starting to worry about whether the just-announced policy could lead to overcrowding at hospitals.

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